I'm kinda liking the format where I write about multiple topics in one blog post lately, and the readership numbers definitely seem to indicate that you, the reading audience, do as well! So here goes with another one!
Going hyperlocal, I see where earlier this week, County Executive Kittleman unveiled his plan for short-term improvments to the pedestrian bridge over US29 that connects Oakland Mills and Town Center. The plan consists of geodesic tubing to replace the current, really aesthetically nasty, chain link fencing that currently envelops the bridge. Also, there will be updated lighting and the ever-present "additional safety enhancements".
I like the plan and it's a good short term fix. I still do hope that the "enhanced lighting" consists of LED lighting whose colors can be changed to coincide with celebrations, commemorations, and holidays? I mean, come on, you can buy holiday lights at Target that do this thing! Is it too much to have the bridge lit red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hannukah, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month and the like?
Of course I hope this isn't the end of improvements to the bridge. There's still a lot of work to be done in order to build a stronger connection so we will see what the future holds. My understanding is that more work has to be done on redeveloping downtown first. How much work? Seems like a moving target but we will soon learn!
I was absurdly remiss this week in not recognizing this year's Howard County Women's Hall of Fame inductees, and holy moley, this even made the pages of US News and World Report a couple weeks ago! All five of the honorees have done wonderful work over the decades to make our community a better, more welcoming place to live. I am specially honored by being more familiar directly with the work of two of this year's inductees than the others. And I can tell you, first-hand, that this community would definitely be poorer, and would be bereft of two terrific role models for girls and young women, if Mary Catherine Cochran and Stacie Hunt were not doing the outstanding work that they do.
And I don't know why I'm having this thought at this time, but has anyone seen Jurgus Rudkis lately? I had heard that Rudkis was maybe going to be in attendance at the induction on March 9. I unfortunately had to miss it, but I miss the presence of the Rudkis and community and well, just saying, if Rudkis would have resurfaced at any event, thinking it would've been that one.
OK, third and last topic for today. Some of you people out there in Readerland are really working my last nerve. And no, I'm not talking about the Three Stooges of the Howard County Alt Right. Together they bring the value to our community of Milli Vanilli.
No, I'm talking about all of you out there who are all going ga-ga over whatever "Justin Berk, Meteorologist", "Foot's Forecast", "Spanky, the Panamanian Weather Mongoose", and whoever else who is telling us that we're going to have between two and five hundred and eighty-five inches of snow Monday night through Tuesday. Chances are, you're likely also out there getting your bread, milk and toilet paper.
Several times a year I find myself having to defend Marylanders to people who hail from other states, for a few things. Spazzing out over a bad weather forecast is one of those things. So, my advice to those of you who are glued to every National Weather Service alert is this. Unless you are a first responder, have a medical emergency in your house, or are considered an essential, required to appear at work employee at your office, stop it. Just stop the histrionics. If you need to make a store run for whatever, please do so. Quietly and calmly, without all the Tweets and posts about WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE AND JUSTIN BERK, METEOROLOGIST SAYS SO! We have had snows in this area before, and will continue to do so. Nothing so super-special about this one that should cause any panic or apoplexy. So act like you've been there before, and all will be well. OK? OK!
And let's be careful out there.